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Jillser Nic Amhlaoibh

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  1. 11 minutes ago, Corbin Collins said:

    Doers Button Box still rent them out? You could rent a Rochelle, a Jackie, and what the heck, an Elise (I play Hayden). If you’re serious about taking it up, that would be a good use of money imo.


    Sadly the Button Box closed - only their repair department remains open, so the rentals from them are no more.

  2. Good to know, but since people may be reading this thread who are either:


    1) Unfamiliar with Irish traditional music




    2) Unfamiliar with the aforementioned previous thread,


    then for their benefit it can't hurt to mention that it's probably more common than not for players to tap their foot audibly when playing irish traditional music, just in case someone new to the tradition would interpret Don's comment as meaning that the practice is frowned upon.

  3. 48 minutes ago, SIMON GABRIELOW said:

    No, I was making a noticeable point that national character often shows itself in music.  I am certainly not intending to suggest superiority of one form over the other; after all a lot of generalised classical pieces have evolved from what we may now term folk tune, or melodies in form of such - eg; gavotte, country dances, musettes, orchestral suites often had movements developed along the line of earlier art forms. They all have their place; and long may it be so.


    Given the disparaging comments some folks have made about irish music on this thread what are you implying about the "national character" of irish people then? 

  4. 10 hours ago, Clive Thorne said:



    But they are welcome to if they want to.


    Vive la difference!

      I don't play english dancing music or know much about it, so I myself wouldn't comment on whether it's speed is "too slow" etc. While I might listen to an example and find it a bit slow for my tastes that doesn't mean that it is "too slow" - I'm sure it's just the speed it needs to be for the purpose it serves.


    Irish traditional music is loved and played by people all over the world, so I guess we're doing something right!

  5. 2 hours ago, Clive Thorne said:

    Most of the tunes that I play are for dancing as well, which is also the critcal difference. You like/play tunes for Irish dancing; I like/play tunes for English dancing (such a thing does exist). 🙂



    Another critical difference - players of irish traditional music aren't on here commenting that tunes for English dancing are played  "too slow"... 😉

  6. 11 hours ago, SIMON GABRIELOW said:

    All the samples of Irish music are really very enjoyable to listen to... But they are not slow pieces in themselves.🌝🌝🌝🌝🌝



    Peter never said they were "slow"pieces, rather he was pointing out that they're not played at "breakneck speed".  

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  7. Behaviour and the environment are intertwined. We can unknowingly take a lot of "contextual cues" from the environment we practice in if we always practice in the exact same location/environment. Then when you take the player out of that environment - such as going to play the tune in at their instructor's studio, playing at a session or performing in a venue etc. things can fall apart, a tune played easily at home suddenly starts tripping us up. Even if your instructor comes to your home, and you're in the same environment, as soon as the instructor enters your home the environment has changed and similarly it can result in stumbling over notes that usually come easily. So part of that "automatising" of a tune mentioned above also involves playing the tune in different environments so that the player gets used to tuning out whatever distractions those other settings may hold and also doesn't unknowingly rely on contextual cues that are only present in the location where they regularly practice. 

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  8. The Irish Concertina Company lists their top model, the Eirú at €4300, not sure what the next model down, the Vintage goes for as I can't see a price for it on their website. Re: the price of an Edgley Heritage - there was one posted for sale here last week and the seller, who's the original owner stated that it cost them $6900 CAD when new in 2020 if I recall correctly:



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  9. If you look through the right hand side grill you may be able to see the date it was made and whatever model it is written in pen, which would be additional helpful info. Going by the serial number it could be a 2015 build.

  10. When I lived in the States I rented a Rochelle from them when first starting out and then bought a lovely second hand Tedrow from them shortly afterwards. Great to deal with and will be sorely missed.  Wishing everyone there all the best in their future endeavours.

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